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Romanov, German

(1964-    ) Russian author of copious Alternate History and Military SF novels, a vocation to which he turned after a career in actual history, having earned his PhD for a dissertation on the Cossack population of his native Eastern Siberia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Retiring as an assistant professor, he returned to what had formerly been his hobby. The speed with which his works reached publishers soon afterwards suggests that many of his books ...

Bramwell, James

(1911-1995) UK playwright, teacher and author, who also wrote as by James Byrom; his Utopia, Going West (1935), is set on a Mediterranean Island newly created by a deity disgruntled with humanity's record and prospects; the story, uneasily Equipoised between genres, ends in disaster, and the Brave New World – William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1611; 1623) is a clear model for the experiment – sinks back into the sea. The nonfiction Lost Atlantis (1937) unfanatically ...

Friend, Oscar J

(1897-1963) US literary agent, editor and author who worked for the Standard Magazine chain on Captain Future, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories during 1941-1944, a period when these magazines were most specifically aimed at adolescents. The editorial director at the time was Leo Margulies, with whom Friend later edited three anthologies (see below). After the death of Otis Adelbert Kline in 1946, Friend became head of Kline's literary agency. / Friend was intermittently active ...

Ahmed, Samira

(?   -     ) Indian-born author in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Brains Don't Smell" in Entropy Mag for 2016. She is of sf interest for her second novel, the Young-Adult Interment (2019), set in an American very Near Future difficult to distinguish from the tale's year of publication. Young men and women identified as ethnically unsound through surveys are imprisoned in interment camps, their fate not easily to be ...

Media Magazines

This entry lists the non-academic professional magazines and Semiprozines which focus on nonfiction about sf – especially in Cinema and Television – and which are either given full entries or otherwise discussed in the present encyclopedia. Forrest J Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland is the best-known early example of a media magazine focusing on Monster Movies; it had a long run and numerous imitators. A useful reference cataloguing many of these magazines up to its ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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